Garden Listing 2nd April 2021

Tresillian: Goldcrest, Tawny Owl and Sparrowhawk from 27th March; Firecrest, Nuthatch and Blackcap (singing) from 1st April; Grey Heron on 2nd April. (Andrew le Masurier)

Constantine: Swallow flew by singing yesterday so up to 56. Amazing show of butterflies this week with Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small and Green-veined whites, Comma and male Brimstone – it’s like summer. (Tim Pinfield)

Feock: Another three for my list, one heard and two fly overs: Chiffchaff (heard not seen), Canada Goose and Mallard. (Bec Penny)

Garden Listing 1st April 2021

Liskeard: Not a new sighting, but thrilled to see a male and female Blackcap in the garden this evening, mopping up the sunflower seeds from under the feeders. (Deena Sharp)

Blackcap – Deena Sharp

Penryn: A garden first at the end of March – Willow Warbler – prompted me to type up my scribbled list. Medium sized urban garden, with distant views over Penryn river and countryside.

  1. Blue Tit
  2. Coal Tit
  3. Great Tit
  4. Blackbird
  5. Chaffinch
  6. Goldfinch
  7. House Sparrow
  8. Dunnock
  9. Wren
  10. Firecrest
  11. Grey Wagtail
  12. Pied Wagtail
  13. Jackdaw
  14. Rook
  15. Carrion Crow
  16. Magpie
  17. Wood Pigeon
  18. Collared Dove
  19. Tawny Owl
  20. Starling
  21. Redwing
  22. Black-headed Gull
  23. Herring Gull
  24. Great Black-backed Gull
  25. Cormorant
  26. Mute Swan
  27. Redshank
  28. Red-throated Diver
  29. Little Egret
  30. Grey Heron
  31. Blackcap
  32. Mallard
  33. Robin
  34. Skylark
  35. Buzzard
  36. Sparrowhawk
  37. Curlew
  38. Greenshank
  39. Oystercatcher
  40. Turnstone
  41. Pheasant
  42. Feral Pigeon
  43. Mistle Thrush
  44. Little Grebe
  45. Canada Goose
  46. Mediterranean Gull
  47. Greenfinch
  48. Song Thrush
  49. Fieldfare
  50. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  51. Peregrine
  52. Kingfisher
  53. Chiffchaff
  54. Swallow
  55. Willow Warbler


Garden Listing – March 2021

Another month has whizzed by in the Cornwall Garden Listing League, and March was definitely a month of change – the combined Cornwall list has risen to 116, and the vast majority of the 11 new additions were spring migrants.

Dave Parker continues to lead at the top of the table, now with 66 species. Matt Southam has leapfrogged Reuben Veal to hold 2nd place on 59 species, with a four-way tie between Dan Beadle, Tim Pinfield, Stu Bearhop, and a new entry from John Holmes at Penryn rounding out the top 7 on 55 species.

Bird of the month was quite possibly Ron Fullwood’s Little Gull, although Dave Parker’s Chough on 4th March and Great Skua on 22nd Feb at Marazion are also good candidates – most of us can only dream of a Skua on the garden list! Another quality bird seen was Black Redstart, which was added by Andy Blonden at Polbathic and Dave Parker at Marazion.

The first Swallow was seen from Helen Norton’s St Keverne garden on 23rd March, with Chris & Janet Duffy and John Holmes having subsequently seen one as well. Sand Martin was added by Stu Bearhop on 29th March, and Dave Parker added the first Wheatear on 5th, followed by one for Andy Blonden on 29th. As well as ticking off Mediterranean Gull on 22nd, Stu Bearhop at Perranarworthal added the first Whimbrel on 15th. More recently, the first Sandwich Tern materialised for Matt Southam at Praa Sands on 29th March, and the first Willow Warbler was seen by Chris & Janet Duffy at Dobwalls on 31st, and Willow Warbler was also a garden first for John Holmes at Penryn during the month.

There were plenty of other decent birds to be seen, with Matt Southam adding Mute Swan and Red-throated Diver, as well as the first Greylag Goose for the league. A Red Kite appeared for Brian Toms on 12th March, and clear views enabled Dan Beadle to add Shag to his garden list on 3rd, along with his second-ever Fulmar. Three more gardens added Peregrine, and Simon Marquis became the fourth lister to add Marsh Tit and Tim Pinfield the fifth to add Stock Dove. Blackcap and Chiffchaff were popular additions, and Canada Goose continued to be added by many listers. Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Chaffinch Dunnock, Wood Pigeon and Blackbird now feature on all the lists we hold, whilst only 3 gardens have had Barn Owl and only 4 have had Kestrel.

Looking ahead to April, spring migrants will be the target for many – which garden will be the first to hold House Martin, Whitethroat or Sedge Warbler? Will anyone manage something rarer, such as Hoopoe? In the immediate future, the Easter Garden Bird Race runs until Easter Monday… Good luck!

Garden Listing 31st March 2021

Constantine: Peregrine flying up the valley today takes my garden list to 51. (David Collins)

Dobwalls: A Willow Warbler singing for number 42 (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Coverack: Realised that I’ve missed Mallard off my list – plenty flying over most days recently, although the first was at least a month ago! Total now 55. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 30th March 2021

Grampound Road: Great Black-backed Gull for 49. (Rob Nicholls)

Perranarworthal: Quiet month here with 6 additions: Lesser Black-backed Gull on 8th March, first Chiffchaff singing on the 12th, 2 Whimbrel over on the 15th, Pheasant on 17th, 3 Mediterranean Gull on 22nd and a small flock of Sand Martin over on 29th. (Stu Bearhop)

Feock: Two additions, bringing my list up to 32:
Canada Geese flying over early this morning and a Chiffchaff singing away. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 29th March 2021

Liskeard: A fantastic number 31 seen! I wondered what could have sent about 90 Jackdaw into a frenzy over the bungalow – only a Peregrine! Fantastic! Later, a lull in the bypass traffic meant I could hear the Chiffchaff! Total now 32. (Deena Sharp)

Creegbrawse: Our Blackcap have arrived. Spring has arrived with them. (Brian Toms)

Garden Listing 28th March 2021

Dobwalls: 2 Swallows over the garden brings our total to 41 (C&J Duffy)

Polbathic: A Wheatear spent a long time this afternoon, on the Kingfisher stick, watching the tide come in; looking cold and tired (just like me, although I hadn’t flown across the Channel) and making my total up to 54. (A Blonden)

Coverack: 1 female Siskin on appeared on the feeders, taking my total to 54. Siskin is an annual visitor to the garden, with 1 or 2 usually turning up in late April or May for a day and then disappearing again! (D Beadle)

Praa Sands: Number 59, Sandwich tern this week, wonderful to watch them again in the bay. First time views of migrants after the winter are such a delight. (M Southam)

Garden Listing 24th March 2021

Dobwalls: Heard Chiffchaff calling, a sign of spring, that’s number 40. (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Feock: Please can you update my list to 30. This morning we had four starlings on the feeders.  They are very unusual visitors to our garden. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 23rd March 2021

St Keverne: I am delighted to send you my updated list and with the added bonus of my first Swallow of 2021 too (This is the first Swallow for garden listing this year! – Gardenlisting eds). Feeling optimistic that the list should get going a bit more now.
Always a joy to spot that first Swallow! Great Black-backed Gull on 13/02, Canada Goose on 21/02 and Sparrowhawk on 18/03 also new additions. (Helen Norton)

Garden Listing 22nd March 2021

Constantine: Added Linnet and Chiffchaff today so total now 55. The Chiffchaff was a single singing bird whereas the Linnet was one of a flock of about 30 that landed on the trees on the border of my property .

More interesting, however, is that I was looking through my telescope at a number of bigger birds circling in the distance over near Goonhilly Earth Satellite Station, which I can see from my living room.

They were Buzzards, in excess of thirty, circling upwards on a vortex and disappearing up into the ether. There may have been more had I spotted them sooner. I know that thoughts turn to Honey Buzzards when this sort of phenomenon happens, especially in South Spain, but the closer ones I could identify were definitely Common. I have not observed this event before during the 40 + years I have been here. (Tim Pinfield)

Lanlivery: Update 22nd March. Two new species: Green Woodpecker heard briefly and Goldcrest singing in the garden. Running total 42 species. (Phil McVey)

Wadebridge: My total edges up to 43 thanks to Canada Geese flying over and Skylark over nearby fields plus two nice ones on the bird feeders – Marsh Tit and Siskin. And singing Chiffchaffs have returned. (Simon Marquis)

Charlestown: one of our bird news contributors reports a Long-tailed Field Mouse (aka Wood Mouse) on their garden nut basket (D Hastilow)

Garden Listing 21st March 2021

Constantine: Great Black-backed Gull takes list to 50. (David Collins)

Feock: List moves to 29 as we had a pair of mallards fly over this morning. (Rosalind Smith)

Dobwalls: Number 39 is a female Pheasant, in the field below our garden (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Praa Sands: No migrants yet but I did clock up numbers 57, pair of Greylag Geese flying across the bay and 58, a Grey Wagtail over the Green. (Matt Southam)

Grampound: Skylark brings up 48. (Rob Nicholls)